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  • Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Name of the Year

    With Hollywood's awards season in full swing, what better time to anoint the year's best and worst celebrity baby names? The stars got busy in 2013, giving birth to A-list offspring from Prince George of Cambridge to what some consider a bit of L.A. royalty - hello, Kimye's firstborn, North West!Did Kim win with her directional name choice?

    To find out what moms across the country thought about the celebrity baby names of 2013, BabyCenter, the online pregnancy and parenting resource, asked more than 5,600 moms to vote for their favorite and least-favorite names.

    Moms adore Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's baby name choice, Everly. The gorgeous couple's good taste landed them in first place for most-liked moniker. Also topping the list was Autumn James, daughter of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay, as well as Noah, son of Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato. The fact that Noah is a favorite shouldn't surprise anyone; it was also one of the top 10 baby boy names of 2013!

    Stars who went with "unique" baby names found

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  • Hottest Baby Names of 2013

    What do Miley Cyrus, Prince George of Cambridge, and the down-home Duck Dynasty clan have in common? They're all influencing our baby-naming choices, according to BabyCenter. The online pregnancy and parenting resource released its annual list of top 100 baby names and hottest naming trends on Tuesday. Will Sophia reign supreme?

    After her jaw-dropping performance at the Video Music Awards, you wouldn't think Miley Cyrus would be a hit with parents. But Miley just won't stop - her name bumped up 16 spots, or 3 percent, to settle at number 459 on BabyCenter's list. And sweet Prince George (the son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) sent his classic name up 10 percent for boys, landing at number 107.

    Meanwhile, the close-knit Robertson family, stars of the hit reality series Duck Dynasty, sparked a baby name boom. Korie rose a whopping 89 percent, or 13,262 spots, to land at number 1563 on BabyCenter's girls' list. Family patriarch Phil's name soared 32 percent, or 860 spots, on the

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  • Parenthood: The Mini Musical (Must-See Video!)

    What do you get when you cross Glee with a positive pregnancy test?

    This adorable new mini musical from BabyCenter (the leading online destination for new and expectant parents) that celebrates the truths, joys, and occasional freakouts of the parenting journey.

    You'll hum along, laugh, or cry... and maybe even feel a little flushed with baby fever.

    Watch the musical >

    Listen to his heartbeat, honey!Listen to his heartbeat, honey!


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  • Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of the Year

    Which little cuties made the best and worst lists?Which little cuties made the best and worst lists?Every year some celebs choose baby names worthy of the walk of fame, while others pick names fit for the hall of shame -- and 2012 was no exception. Supermodel Gisele and quarterback hottie Tom Brady went with a name reminiscent of a silver screen siren -- Vivian. Suburgatory star Jeremy Sisto and his stunning wife Addie Lane opted for a more outlandish moniker -- Bastian Kick.

    To find out what moms across the country thought of the stars' name choices in 2012, BabyCenter, the leading online pregnancy and parenting resource, asked more than 4,000 parents to cast their vote for most and least favorite name.

    "Passing judgment on celebrity baby names is a national sport for moms today," says Linda Murray, BabyCenter's global editor-in-chief. "Celebrities are now so open about their pregnancies that we feel we have the right to weigh in on their baby names. Our survey results prove that it's tough to win public support -- even from fans -- if celebs choose names that are too

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  • Hottest Baby Names of 2012

    Oh baby! It's not every year that a set of steamy novels, a buttoned-up British miniseries, and the iPhone influence America's birth certificates. According to BabyCenter, parents looked near and far for names in 2012. Aiden and Sophia reign supreme!Aiden and Sophia reign supreme!The leading online pregnancy and parenting resource released its annual list of top 100 baby names and hottest naming trends Thursday.

    Sophia and Aiden held on to their reigning number 1 spots in BabyCenter's annual list. But newcomers inspired by the racy 50 Shades trilogy are on the rise, including Grey (which gained 155 spots), Anastasia (up 43 spots), and Elliot (up 14 percent). Parents also plucked names from the Masterpiece Classic hit Downton Abbey -- including Branson, Edith, Sybil, and Violet. Parents like the sound of Siri, Apple's voice-enabled personal assistant: The name climbed 5 percent on the list of girls' names.

    Top 10 girls' names of 2012
    1. Sophia
    2. Emma
    3. Olivia
    4. Isabella
    5. Ava
    6. Lily
    7. Zoe
    8. Chloe
    9. Mia

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  • Money Secrets Moms Keep

    With the economy still wobbling and the estimated cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 topping a quarter of a million dollars (gulp), it's no wonder parents are stressed about money.

    In fact, 7 in 10 moms told BabyCenter - the leading online destination for new and expectant parents - that they're worried about having enough money to raise their kids. That's a 10 percent increase over last year.Mum's the word!Mum's the word!

    Once they've bought all the clothes, food, and toys their kids need, there isn't much left in the budget for Mom and Dad. And that's when the truth gets slippery, according to BabyCenter's annual report on the cost of raising a child.

    While only 15 percent of dads and 17 percent of moms admitted to hiding spending from their spouse or partner, those who do say it's because money is scarce and they feel guilty about buying things they need or want.

    "I hide my occasional spending on myself," says one mom. "I feel bad about doing it, especially when money is so tight."

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  • Is Fifty Shades of Grey Creating a Baby Boom?

    More and more women are confessing to a naughty secret: They owe a lot to the steamy pages of Fifty Shades of Grey. Moms-to-be in the Community on BabyCenter - the leading online destination for new and expectant parents - are thanking the racy book's sexy hero, Christian Grey, for their impending motherhood.Is this racy novel creating a baby boom?Is this racy novel creating a baby boom?

    "We've definitely spiced up a few things thanks to one Christian Grey," one BabyCenter mom-to-be announced. "My baby will be a Fifty Shades baby for sure. And I'm damn proud of it."

    "Oh, yes, if I'm pregnant, it's all Mr. Grey's fault!" wrote another woman.

    "I'm reading the books for a second time, and I'm definitely incubating a Fifty Shades baby," wrote yet another. "I'm so obsessed! It's my guilty pleasure."

    Others admit the pleasure and laugh away the guilt:

    "Yup, this series was definitely my female version of Viagra. Thank you E. L. James!"

    "Once I started reading the book, I was always in the mood. My husband kept saying he loved the fact I was

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  • Baby Names Fit for a King or Queen

    The obsession with British royalty, and their hats, reached a crescendo this week with the star-studded Diamond Jubilee celebration to honor Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. But it's not just the hats that fascinate us: An article this week on BabyCenter -- the leading online resource for new and expectant parents -- reveals the remarkable influence the royal family has on British baby names in.Always ready for their close-up!

    The data comes from thousands of BabyCenter parents in the United Kingdom who shared their baby names with the online global parenting destination in 2011 and 2012.

    So smitten are Brit parents with William, Kate, Elizabeth, and yes, even Pippa, they are bestowing those names on the next generation.


    All hail the Queen

    Her Royal Majesty's moniker has withstood the test of time. It became popular in the 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and has held court as a classic ever since. Elizabeth, equal parts feminine and traditional, is expected to

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  • 5 Baby Name Ideas for the New IPad

    Before Apple released its new iPad yesterday, we at BabyCenter were fascinated by the swirl around the name. Would it be called iPad 3 or iPad HD? In the end, Apple decided to simply call it "iPad."

    This baby needs a new name!This baby needs a new name!Really? You're a proud new parent and you couldn't come up with a better name for iPad 2's sparkling new sibling?

    That simplicity might fit with the ultra-clean, brushed aluminum aesthetic of Apple, but as the name for a new arrival ... where's the élan of the Macintosh? Heck, even "Cube" was kinda, sorta cool.

    Well, BabyCenter knows a thing or two about naming a baby, and we are hereby offering our expertise to Apple.

    With the help of the Baby Names Explorer - a cool tool that suggests similar-sounding and sibling names for any moniker you plug in - we're proposing a list of names for Apple to consider. Here's what we came up with:

    Lida: Of Greek origin, Lida means beloved by all. All, that is, except the person you are totally ignoring when you're on your new iPad.

    Gaga: She may have

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  • 4 Signs Your Child Loves You

    Your love for your child makes your heart ache, but let's face it - it can sometimes feel unrequited. After all, when your baby rips the hair from your head - or when your 2-year-old literally bites the hand that feeds him - it's easy to suspect that the mother/child romance is more like a solo tap dance than a two-person tango.How to tell your baby loves you!How to tell your baby loves you! A recent BabyCenter.com poll bears this out: Nearly 40% of moms admitted to wondering if their child loves them back.

    Been there? Despair no longer. Our kids do love us - they just have a funny way of showing it. Here are four of the top signs that the adoration isn't so one-sided after all:

    Your newborn stares into your eyes

    Does your baby bestow gappy grins on everyone from Daddy to the neighbor but save her resolute, grim-faced stares for you? Be glad! When your baby stares into your eyes, she's memorizing your face - and, yes, this is a sign of love. She knows you're important, so she's absorbing everything about you.

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